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  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph note signed to John H. Johnston. Camden, March 7, 1887

    Whitman writes to his good friend and benefactor John H. Johnston, the New York jeweler, evidently congratulating him on the birth of his child: “Bless the dear baby, & all babies – Love to you & wife, Walt Whitman.”

    $4,800

  • WATSON, JAMES D

    The Double Helix. In Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January and February 1968

    FIRST EDITION of The Double Helix, preceding the publication in book form in late February 1968. Signed by James Watson on the front cover of each issue.

    $4,800

  • (WHITMAN, WALT)

    Original drawing of Walt Whitman. no date, no place, 19th century

    This original pen and ink drawing of Walt Whitman is mounted at the front of an 1888 edition of Leaves of Grass. The likeness of a jaunty, casual, Whitman wearing his trademark slouch hat takes its cue from the famous 1855 Hollyer engraving, but here we see an older Whitman with a full beard.

    $4,800

  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel

    Autograph letter signed [to Henry Arthur Bright]. Brunswick, 7 January 1854

    $4,500

  • MORGAN ,JOHN PIERPONT

    Letter Signed to Gov. Levi P. Morton of New York. New York, March 12, 1895

    In this letter on J. P. Morgan & Co. letterhead, Morgan writes to his friend financier Levi P. Morton, the governor of New York and one of Morgan’s principal banking rivals.

    $4,500

  • Cooper, James Fenimore

    Autograph manuscript signed headed “Extract from ‘Bravo,’. Paris, 16 June 1831

    A passage from Cooper’s The Bravo, A Venetian Story. Cooper likely wrote out this extended passage from The Bravo for an unknown admirer. Cooper identifies it at the foot of the page as “Chapter VI. vol. I. copied from proof sheet…” The manuscript varies in several places from the text of the novel’s first publication in 1831.

    $4,500

  • (WHITMAN, WALT.) Phillips & Taylor

    Portrait of Walt Whitman holding a butterfly. Philadelphia, [early 1880s?]

    A beloved Whitman photograph, framed with a large, bold signature of the poet.

    $4,500

  • (ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD

    FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later

    Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.

    $4,200

  • BARBOZA, ANTHONY (BARAKA, AMIRI.)

    Amiri Baraka.. New York, 1976

    This is a splendid Anthony Barboza portrait of Amiri Baraka. Baraka’s illustrious and controversial 50-year career, in which he first achieved fame as Leroi Jones, encompassed poetry, drama, fiction, criticism, and activism.

    $4,200

  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell

    Autograph manuscript signed from “Urania” including excerpts from the original manuscript. No Place, ca. 1846

    $3,600